American University — Assistant Professor in Fiction Screenwriting and Directing Film and Media Arts

Assistant Professor in Fiction Screenwriting and Directing Film and Media Arts
School of Communication
American University

The Film and Media Arts Division in the School of Communication at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2023. Applicants should have an MFA or PhD or an anticipated MFA or PhD completion by August 2023 in the fields of film, video, or related media. Strong preference will be given to candidates with extensive experience in fiction filmmaking, screenwriting, or directing.

Candidates should be effective teachers and must be strongly committed to excellence in scholarly research (which includes research, professional, and creative work). We welcome applications from candidates engaged in high- quality scholarship in areas including fiction-film production, screenwriting, and current trends in media. Teaching specialization in screenwriting or production is preferred, though all areas will be considered. In addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities will include participation in department, school and university service and activities. Possible classes assigned to the position include introductory production courses, beginner to advanced screenwriting, and directing classes, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The committee will be seeking a candidate who has a minimum of 3 years professional experience in the realm of fiction filmmaking, with a preference for candidates who have teaching experience, and / or work with those underrepresented in the broader spectrum of higher education. Concentrating on the realm of fiction filmmaking, the ideal candidate would have a strong background in screenwriting and directing, though production experience will be considered a plus. The committee will be seeking a diverse applicant group in accordance with American University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval. Please submit applications via: Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (where possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers. Please contact Liz Kan, Faculty Affairs Coordinator, at if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit

Established in 1993, the School of Communication offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by professionally active faculty who are dedicated to bringing their experiences into the classroom. Learn more about the School of Communication at about the Film and Media Arts Division at

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Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

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